The rector of Justin: A novel

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"[A] certifiable masterpiece" from the acclaimed chronicler of New York City's old money elite ( The New York Observer ). Widely considered Louis Auchincloss's greatest novel, The Rector of Justin is an astute dissection of the social mores of the Northeast's privileged establishment. The story centers on Rev. Frank Prescott, the charismatic founder and rector of a prestigious Episcopal school for boys. With laser-sharp insight, Auchincloss delivers a prismatic portrait of this commanding and complicated man through the eyes of those who knew—or thought they knew—him best. Seamlessly interweaving multiple points of view—from an adoring teacher to that of a rebellious daughter— The Rector of Justin presents a social history of the eighty years of his life: the sources of his virtues and failings, his successes, his love, and his crises of faith. As Jonathan Yardley put it in the Washington Post , "Auchincloss is one of the most accomplished and distinctive writers this country has known . . . [and] Frank Prescott is one of the great characters in American fiction." "A daring and ambitious book . . . Its poise and taste and intelligence strike one on every page, as do its unerring knowledge and literary skill." — The New Yorker "[ The Rector of Justin ] should sit on the shelf of any serious reader of American fiction." —Jay Parini, The New York Observer "A taut and elegant study of a distinguished American whose closest friends cannot decide whether they like or detest him." — The Times Literary Supplement "Fascinating . . . We do come to feel the reality, the complicated reality, of Francis Prescott." — Saturday Review "My favorite of Auchincloss's novels. Both decadent and demanding, high-hat and frank . . . A subversive in lace-up oxfords and rep tie." —Amy Bloom
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subject_facetBoys -- Fiction
Electronic books
Fiction
Literature
New England -- Fiction
Preparatory schools -- Fiction
School principals -- Fiction
title_displayThe rector of Justin
title_fullThe rector of Justin / Louis Auchincloss
The rector of Justin Auchincloss, Louis.
The rector of justin : a novel [electronic resource] / Louis Auchincloss
The rector of justin [electronic resource] : A novel. Louis Auchincloss
title_shortThe rector of Justin
title_subA novel
topic_facetBoys
Electronic books
Fiction
Literature
Preparatory schools
School principals